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Me-Lee Hay : Associate Artist

Random Audio Sample: Heretic (film/tv soundtrack) by Me-Lee Hay, from the CD Heretic

Photo of Me-Lee Hay

Photo: Emma Rowan-Kelly


Artist website: http://www.me-leehay.com

Award-winning Australian composer Me-Lee Hay composes music for film/TV, dance and theatre.

Her score for the fantasy-driven 30-minute short film Last Tree Standing won Best Music for a Short Film at Australia's prestigious Screen Music Awards in 2017.

Her other works include original composition for Museum Victoria's Scienceworks Planetary dome astronomy documentaries Starlight and Capturing the Cosmos (narrated by Sigrid Thornton and Geoffrey Rush respectively), SBS One series travel/cooking show Luke Nguyen (Greater Mekong 2, France, UK) and Network Ten's Ben's Menu.

Me-Lee has worked as an additional composer on the feature film Penelepa, which won Best Fantasy Film at Amsterdam's Van Goph's Film festival and assistant composer to major Australian sci-fi features such as The Osiris Child: Science Fiction Volume 1 which have global distribution.

In her youth, Me-Lee studied and trained in contemporary dance and ballet and hence has has a unique ability to appreciate the sensibilities of the requirements of dance and human movement and how this translates onto the stage. She has worked as a soundtrack designer for Sydney Dance Company (Pre-Professional year) and had performances presented at Short and Sweet Dance Festivals, staged at NIDA and Seymour Centre as well as being commissioned to compose music for a PhD Dance research project at WAAPA.

Me-Lee Hay is a graduate of the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS). With a training in classical piano (A.Mus.A), cello and theory, combined with electronica/pop explorations in the touring live band scene, Me-Lee is attracted to sounds of classical textures merging seamlessly with sounds and ambience of the modern world to facilitate a story, emotion and creation of worlds.

Me-Lee Hay — current to February 2019

Awards & Prizes

Year Award Placing Awarded for
2017 Screen Music Awards : Best Music for a Short Film Winner Story of the Treeman

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Oak (duos: viola, cello) (2018) Commissioned as part of the Penrith City Council DiG (Digital) Arts Maker program
Starbirth and Supernova : symphonic wind band (2015) Arranged for the Adelaide Wind Orchestra